Sir Alex Ferguson believes Andre Villas-Boas has a tough task on his hands in succeeding at Tottenham ahead of their trip to Old Trafford on Saturday.
Villas-Boas’ efforts to get Tottenham up and running straight away after his arrival over the summer have been closely scrutinised by fans and the media who are keen to see if the Portuguese coach has learned his lesson from his ill-fated spell in charge of Chelsea.
Spurs haven’t tasted defeat since their opening game against Newcastle, and travel to Old Trafford on the back of consecutive Premier League wins against Reading and QPR.
However jeers and boos were heard at half-time whilst they were trailing QPR at White Hart Lane last weekend as some fans struggle to come to terms with their new manger’s approach, and Ferguson believes the former Porto man has a ‘daunting’ task on his hands in winning his doubters over.
‘He has a challenge,’ said Ferguson.
'He wasn't at Chelsea very long, but he came to our ground early last season and his team tried to play football.
'That's his philosophy and I think he's carrying that out at Tottenham as well.
'He suits Spurs. They've always had a history of playing good football. I think he'll carry on that way.
'I hope they do well because it's a difficult industry these days, particularly for a young manager.
'It must be very daunting and challenging to go to a big club. It's full of risk because it's a results industry.'
Tottenham go into the game against United having not tasted victory at Old Trafford since 1989, something Ferguson hopes to take full advantage of on Saturday.
‘Our record against Spurs is very good,' he said.
'Sometimes you have these situations where you get a team that you always get good results against.
'It was the same when I was at Aberdeen. It didn't matter what team I played against Dundee at Dens Park I would win. At one point I played them before a midweek European game and I played seven reserves and won 5-1.'